Mass hysteria hits school


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Apr 2016

Healing touch: A teacher tending to affected students at the school in Kota Baru.

KOTA BARU: An incidence of mass hysteria has allegedly broken out at a secondary school here with more than 50 female students and even some teachers affected by it.

A check at the school yesterday showed that most of its students were not in their classes. The ones who were, were freely mingling with each other on its grounds.

Some said they had been unable to attend classes since their schoolmates were struck by hysteria last Monday.

“It is like this every day,” said a Form Three student. “Even female teachers were affected by hysteria and we are unable to study.”

Another Form Five student said he was contemplating not going to school for a few days.

Some students claimed to have seen “all sorts of strange beings” in the school, from a pontianak to a pochong.

It is believed that the state education department sent several ustaz to the school to recite Al-Quran verses and conduct sembahyang hajat (prayers) with pupils and staff members.

Teachers and other school staff members declined to comment on the matter.

Department deputy director Jaafar Ismail, when contacted, said the situation was a school internal matter.

A student said the school would be closed for three days and would reopen on Sunday.

“We were informed not to come for classes today. We hope the issue would be resolved by then,” he said.

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